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Virginia Workers Compensation at a Glance

  • Virginia’s Workers’ Compensation Rules and Requirements

  • Exceptions for Workers’ Compensation in Virginia

  • Be compliant with Virginia’s notification requirements

  • Avoid fines related to Virginia Workers’ Compensation

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does a sole proprietor with no employees need to carry Workers' Compensation insurance in Virginia?

A sole proprietor with no employees in Virginia is not required to carry Workers' Compensation coverage for himself or herself. However, he or she can choose to cover himself or herself as an employee, providing the same medical payment and income replacement benefits available to any other employee through Workers' Compensation coverage.

How does an employer obtain insurance in Virginia?

In Virginia, Workers' Compensation coverage is only available through the private market, which means that you can purchase coverage through a licensed agent or broker in the state. You can also get your business insured quickly using an online portal such as CoverWallet, which can also provide you with other essential business insurance coverages.

How much does Workers' Compensation insurance cost in Virginia?

On average, Virginia is among the most affordable states for businesses that need to purchase Workers' Compensation coverage. Rates are determined by multiple factors, including the type of work being performed, your business’s safety or claims record, as well as the payroll for your business. This method of calculating rates generally rewards lower risk businesses with more attractive rates.

If I only hire independent contractors, do I need coverage in Virginia?

Whether an independent contractor is considered to be an employee in Virginia is dependent upon several factors. The greatest factor is whether the business that hires an independent contractor exercises control over the means and method by which the work is performed. If the work of an independent contractor is closely supervised and directed, it's likely that the independent contractor will be legally considered to be an employee and will need to be insured.

Can I exempt an employee from my policy in Virginia?

Virginia requires nearly all employers with two or more employees to carry Workers’ Compensation coverage. If your business only employs one worker, coverage is optional for the state but may be required for contract work when working for other companies.

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References for Workers Compensation in Virginia

Being a small business presents several challenges that may need more assistance. While CoverWallet provides you the best insurance, you can also consider these references to further support your small business:

Virginia Workers' Compensation Commission

1000 DMV Drive, Richmond, Virginia, 23220
Mon through Fri from 8:15 AM to 5:00 PM
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Virginia State Corporation Commission

Tyler Building, 1300 E. Main St., Richmond, Virginia, 23219
Mon through Fri from 8:15 AM to 5:00 PM
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